Average American vs Average Chinese Person

Long before the United States was even a thing,
China saw itself as the civilized center of the universe. For hundreds of years it was indeed home to
a magnificent civilization, way ahead of those soon-to-be-brilliant European powerhouses. When the Europeans started exploring the world
in the 15th century in what we now call the, “Age of Discovery”, the Chinese considered
Europe nothing but an outback of sorts. But scholars tell us its self-imposed isolation
was to be its undoing, and soon those European countries would become the center of the world. The United States would get on the map, and
many years later some people would forget China’s incredible history. Some people considered it as an uncivilized
outback. Right now these two nations are the economic
behemoths, but how do the people match up? Before we start comparing folks let’s just
have a look at how many people actually live in these nations. These are estimates of course, and remember
that many people in both countries don’t make the head count. Nonetheless, according to the live numbers
right now given by Worldometers, the USA has a population of 329,966,970. China has a population of 1,436,364,105. We are talking about mainland China today
we should say. It will get too confusing if we try and compare
the U.S. with mainland China as well as say, Hong Kong and Taiwan. If you want to know China’s relationship
to Taiwan, let’s just say it’s complicated and you should do some research. As for Hong Kong, we guess you’ve been reading
a lot about Hong Kong and mainland China relations of late. According to the International Monetary Fund’s
World Economic Outlook Database in 2019 the GDP for the United States was $20.49 trillion. This was the largest GDP in the world. Second was China at $13.41 trillion. The gap according to analysts is going to
shorten year-by-year as we head into the near future. But then you’ve got something called GDP
based on PPP (purchasing power parity) and if you look at that, China has the biggest
economy. The USA was again $20.49 trillion but China’s
was $25.27 trillion, according to the IMF. The simple way to explain the difference is
that nominal GDP is based on the currencies of countries converted into the U.S. dollar. When we look at PPP we take an approach based
on what’s called a “basket of goods.” Let’s say a basket in the U.S. costs six
bucks but in China costs only 4 bucks. What does that mean? Well, if both countries sold everything they
owned the U.S. would get more cash. But what if they didn’t trade and just made
stuff? That would mean China could make more stuff,
and that’s why it’s sometimes called the biggest economy in the world. But we are talking about people today, not
countries. The reason we are discussing money in the
first place is because we want to know what each person would have if all the cash was
shared. We call this purchasing power per capita,
which basically means per head. Then you have GDP (nominal) purchasing power
per capita and GDP (purchasing power parity) per capita. Please don’t give up on us if this is starting
to get make you frustrated, we’ll get to the simple stuff soon. In the USA if you look at nominal GDP and
divide it out you get about $62,000. There are a lot more people in China so their
nominal GDP per capita is close to $10,000. If we look at PPP per capita China’s goes
up to around $20,000 and the USA’s stays the same. Does this mean life is much easier in the
USA? We looked at statistics released by China’s
National Bureau of Statistics in 2019 and this is what we found. If people in the country earned $295 a month
it was said to be in a “low income” category. We are converting Chinese yuan to the U.S
dollar here. If they earned anywhere from $295 to $740
a month they were said to be in a middle income bracket and if they earned $740 to $1,480
their income was said to be relatively high. Anyone earning more than that was a baller. Ok, so now we went to the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics and we found that the median income in the country for 2019 was around $3,600
a month. If you don’t know, median is not average. What it means is the number right in the middle. So, half have more than $3,600 and half have
less. That would make a lot of people in the USA
ballers in China, but we should say here that when China released those figures and categories
a lot of Chinese people complained. There’s a big difference in cost of living
in downtown Shanghai and a rural town in the hinterlands of the country. Minimum wage in China by the way is set locally,
so in Shanghai it might be $360 a month but in somewhere not as expensive it might be
$160 a month. The U.S. might change from state to state,
too, so it could be $7.25 an hour or it might be $14.00 per hour. Per month that might be around $1,200 to $2,250. As for working hours, the Labor Law of People’s
Republic of China says people should not work more than 44 hours a week. According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics
that’s about the average in the USA. We say average, because we found reports that
some folks in the U.S. were doing 12 hour shifts, six days a week in factories. Some people have more than one job, too. We found in the U.S that you can legally work
more than 40 hours a week, but by law you must be paid more by the hour for the extra
hours. So, the U.S. citizen seems to earn more cash
in general. By the way, when the World Bank ranked countries
in 2018 in terms of inequality, the U.S. and China weren’t that far apart. But then we looked at one Quality of Life
index the USA was placed in 13th, while China was placed in 67th. So, do people in the USA have a better quality
of life? Well, it’s just so hard to say. It’s hard to break down. China has more poverty, but the USA has its
pockets of unemployment, crime and addiction. We’re just not going to go there, and will
concentrate on other matters. Believe it or not, though, there is something
called a World Happiness Report and it’s compiled each year by the United Nations. At the top for the last report was Finland,
followed by Denmark and Norway. Even the Brits were in 15th, and they seem
to be experts in being disgruntled. Where were the USA and China? The answer is the U.S. was ranked in 19th
and China was ranked all the way down in 93rd place. How is this list compiled? Does the UN look at how many people are smiling? No, they look at areas such as spending ability,
social support, life expectancy, corruption and freedom to make life choices. Life expectancy in China by the way is 76
for both men and women. In the U.S. it’s 79. That’s better than China, but for a developed
nation not very good. You might live longer in the USA but you also
might live some of that time in a jail or a prison. A 2018 report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics
said that for every 100,000 people living in the USA there are 655 of them doing time
behind bars. In China per 100,000 there are only 118 people
behind bars. Does this mean with all the people locked
up in the U.S. the country is much safer than China? No, not at all, is the short answer. We have done a safety comparison of the two
countries before and there is no doubt more to fear in the USA in terms of crime. Saying that, if you are a Chinese person you
are living in the country that is widely known as the surveillance state that tops all surveillance
states. The day we write this, The New York Times
opened an article with this paragraph: “Chinese authorities are knitting together
old and state-of-the-art technologies — phone scanners, facial-recognition cameras, face
and fingerprint databases and many others — into sweeping tools for authoritarian
control.” Ok, so the U.S. has spied on its own citizens
from time to time and whistleblowers might find themselves in difficult positions, but
we will say that the average Chinese citizen has more to worry about when it comes to a
Big brother. Folks in the USA have much more freedom to
vent their feelings; to protest, to just get lost in society. We should say here something of importance,
and that’s that the “individual” right in the USA is taken seriously. In China people are much more aware that they
are part of a whole, working for the whole. How do Americans and Chinese compare physically
though? Let’s start with height. In the USA the average height for a woman
is 5 feet 4 inches (162.56 centimeters) and for a man it’s 5 feet 9 inches (175.26 centimeters). In China for a man it’s 5 feet 6 1⁄2 inches
(169.5 cm) for a woman and 5 feet 2 inches (158.0 cm). Expect to see a lot taller people in the USA. You can also expect to see many folks in the
USA growing horizontally, too. The average weight for a woman in the USA
is 168.4 pounds (76.4 kg) and the average weight for a man is 195.8 pounds (88.8 kg). In China the average weight for a woman is
125 pounds (57 kg) and 66.2 kg and for males 145 pounds (66 kg). What about beliefs, as in religion. Well, you might not know that the vast majority
in China identify as being non-religious. That doesn’t mean they might not have a
kind of folk religion, but they don’t identify with any of the biggies. You might call Taoism a religion and also
a philosophy, but then you might call Buddhism that, too. In China you will find Buddhists, and Christians,
and Muslims, but they are a minority. There’s also Confucianism, but that’s
more of an ethical guide than a religion per se. Getting the numbers for who follows what religion
in China we will admit was problematic for us because every resource told a different
story. It wasn’t so hard in the USA. The vast majority of people are Christian,
followed by a sprinkling of Judaism, Mormonism, and fewer people belonging to Hinduism, Buddhism
and Sikhism. Quite a lot of people identify as not really
having a religion at all. We can find one area where the Chinese and
American people are quite similar, and that is the fact marriage rates have dropped significantly
in the past 30 years. If they do get married, the average age for
the first marriage for men in the USA is 29.2 and it’s 27.1 for women. In China, the average age for first marriage
for men is 27.1 and 24.9 for women. The average age gap in the marriage for both
countries is around the same at two years. Around 30 percent of Chinese couples will
divorce and around 42 percent of American couples will divorce. It’s also much more likely in China that
the family will have some influence as to who you marry, while in the USA there is a
bit more freedom. There is also much more chance that a Chinese
man will have a mistress, but we won’t go into that today. China is changing and couples are changing. There are some reports that young people are
getting married and the family has less influence on the marriage. Some reports state that people are marrying
with the absence of things such as a ring, a car, a home, etc. Others just don’t bother getting married
because it’s too expensive. Some people are now writing that marriage
traditions in China are waning and younger people are opting to fall in love more in
line with Western cultures. So, we’ll finish on something where the
two countries and people are getting closer. Isn’t that lovely. We think now you deserve something funny,
like some of the most amusing videos we have made. Both are comparisons, but let’s just say
they are kinda of off the wall. Make the choice and click on the video Average
American vs Average North Korean or our other comparison video Gorilla vs Bear – Who Would


  1. You just need to remember one thing if you don’t like the US you can leave, you can’t do that in China so easily

  2. Let's look at facts, millions of people from China are dying to obtain a US citizenship, send their family members to US, hide their assets in US, regardless rich or poor, government officials or regular citizens or famous celebrities, legally, semi legally, or illegally. They even willing to pay thousands of dollars for their pregnant wife to give birth in US.

    Even the china president daughter go to school and come to US often. China is considered one of the top economic country. However, do we seen other countries citizens like Japan, Germany, US running away like refugees?

    Why Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tibet, Uighur….don't want to be part of China?

    Is China a prison? If not, why eveyone in China is trying to get out and put their loves one and resources to the west and variety of people are refuse to control by China?

  3. If your reading this on January 26th at 12:55pm……..you just caught up from 3 weeks ago, right to the minute!
    You Win
    Much Love From Above and May Jesus Christ Warm Your Heart

  4. Seriously? America vs Iran? What's wrong with you people? You do realise that this is not gonna end well for anyone, right? Shouldn't we all be taking steps to make peace instead of waving flags to our countries going war against each other. C'mon you guys!

  5. Sure, feed us some numbers straight from the CCP…
    It's evident that the people who made this video know very little about China. Your legitimacy has just taken a nosedive, guys.

  6. I have heard of a joke from someone:

    Everything in USA is made in China and
    Everything in China is made in the USA.

    Not sure it is funny though.

  7. I love how you just blindly take China's accounting at face value. They are a known currency manipulator and over state their growth rate. You really cant take their stated economic numbers as truth. Disappointed in you infographics.

  8. Of course an American made this video.. this sounds like propaganda favoring the US. The US isn’t what it used to be. China has advanced tremendously in the past decades…

  9. China may eventually have a higher GDP than the US in a few years, but they also have 3 times the population.

  10. ih wait no the video was a clickbait theres nothing relaited to the name tah so click the back button if u dont want to get bored as f

  11. Umm…you know “Mormonism” as you called it isn’t its own category of religion right? Members of the LDS Church are Christian. How many other “facts” were wrong in this video?

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